Little Man is a fun child and smart too, I might add. At the ripe old age of two, he even knows all of his letter sounds. This is not due to any effort or extraordinary teaching skill on my part, in fact after many, many years of homeschooling, I feel a bit like a cheater, but a happy cheater.
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I have a little teaching secret to share with you. For years I have taught my children their letter sounds with good, solid phonics programs. I’m not a person who loves to try every new thing that comes around, but this year I was in need of educational things that would occupy my younger children. My friend, Signe, told me about the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD and I decided to order it. At $8.99 it was worth the risk. In fact, I ended up buying the set of five DVD’s which cover everything from punctuation and silent “e” to simple math:
A couple of weeks ago I was pushing a cart through the store with Little Man riding along keeping me company. He pointed up to a sign and said “R says errrr”. I looked at him unsure of what he had said and asked him to repeat it. He said it again and I couldn’t believe it. Then I began to point to letters in signs and he said the sounds.
Eby also knows his letter sounds, but is a little more resistant to displaying his talent. Overall, I think my investment has paid off.
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